For many of you you may be happy with the photographs that you are taking SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera). Some of you may want to explore how you can take your photographs further.
Many photographers will tell you that to do this you need to purchase the Photography package from Adobe. It is a package that I use for my professional work and is almost the industry standard (there are other software providers available). The Photography package includes Photoshop and Lightroom. Photoshop is the one that you have probably heard more as it is quite often used as an expression, “Can you Photoshop that out?”
If the thought of paying nearly £10.00 per month for software isn’t your thing though there is some free software out there that you can use, and I have been having a look around for you.
Okay, so I am not a fan of the name either, apparently it stand for GNU Image Manipulation Program (obviously a name thought up by one of the programmers).
When I started looking at photography editing software I didn’t want to give you something that just gave you a few set presets that you can use. I wanted to find something that you could learn to use and that could grow with you as you wanted to do more and more with your photographs.
After downloading GIMP and having a quick ‘play’ I found that this software could be what I was looking for. Yes, it does take some getting to know (but so do Photoshop when I started using it) and it doesn’t have some of the layering functionality that I am used to. It did though provide what I needed to create a simple edit of a photograph.
From this uninspiring image..
To this edited image.
So how has looking at those photographs made you feel? Are you thinking I could never do that or are you thinking ‘Show me what to do?’
That edit was simple and over the next few posts I will begin to take you through the process of thinking about your shot to creating your final image.
The first stage is to download the GIMP software.
I am no expert on using GIMP so we will be learning this together. If you are a bit impatient like me and want to get a head start I have also managed to find this series of tutorials by Davies Media Design which look very good from what I have seen.
If you did enjoy this article it would be great to hear from you. You can always upload your photos or comment on my Facebook Page.
Sharing your photos on my Facebook Page is a great way to get some feedback on your photographs and to help you improve.
I will also be posting my next article soon so I hope you will be joining in for more.